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...or a public sector worker, it seems.
Act 10 restored balance to interactions between government, representing the taxpayers, and the public sector unions.
A judge threw it out, saying that it was unfair because it limited how much money the union could demand the taxpayers bleed out.
Seems, though, that being a public sector worker ain't sacrifice in the name of civil service. MacIver reports that, with wages and benefits, public sector workers are making about 20% more than their private sector counterparts:
Using 2007-2011 Census Bureau data, Wisconsin's public sector workers take home, on average, 5% more in base salary than comparable private sector peers in Wisconsin.
When factoring total compensation--including benefits--the gap widens. State and local government employees make 19% more than their private sector counterparts.
"The argument that government workers are underpaid compared to similar employees in the private sector is an absolute myth," said Brett Healy, MacIver Institute President. "The facts are clear: when you compare the pay and compensation levels for similar employees inside and outside of government, the government workers in Wisconsin make more than employees in the private sector--much more."
I wouln't care about this one iota, were it not for the pissing and moaning at the capitol steps for months by public labor leaders, crying about how life wasn't fair. How the needed to be able to hold the taxpayer hostage because of fairness.
Here's a thought: Shut up and prove you're worth keeping on the payroll. Because the taxpayers are back in charge.